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Chit Chat / Re: Varoma demo
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:58:36 am »
I have still to have a varoma demo as well.  I think my consultant is a bit reluctant to follow this up with me as my home is out in the country and I don't think she's too comfortable doing the run out there.  Also, I don't know whether you are 'expected' to have several people attend a varoma demo, as you are with a delivery demo (not sure that I could get enough people to come along to make it worth her while - I'm also a bit embarassed that the delivery demo didn't raise any positive leads for her).

Perhaps I could find someone holding one in the Central Victoria region that I could join in with????

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Chit Chat / Re: Breakfast ideas
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:25:16 am »
That's an amazing list, Sue, your children are very lucky to have a mum like you.

I'm afraid I can only just manage my good old favourite, porridge, of a morning.  When we lived in Asia I used to love a mixture of fresh fruit for breakfast, but I had more time then to prepare this each morning.  These days, eggs florentine is my favourite treat.

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Chit Chat / Re: Kindle has arrived!!!!!!, now what to do with it!!
« on: January 17, 2011, 12:37:09 am »
... mmm I've never been to Romania and I'm looking forward to my visit very much - although it is strictly business - my husband and his colleague are going round the wood suppliers as they both need wood for their work (they are both violin makers and Romania has very good wood available).  Hopefully will get to see a bit more of the countryside than the wood yards - my fingers are crossed.

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Chit Chat / Re: Kindle has arrived!!!!!!, now what to do with it!!
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:23:39 pm »
I Just got my kindle this week as well - an Xmas present from my wonderful husband - but had to wait until now for it as it wasn't ordered until late November and there was obviously a backlog of orders to fill at that time of year.  I also got the cover with the in-built light, which I think is a great idea.

I hadn't heard of a kindle until I first read this thread last year but it just seemed like a wonderful and very sensible idea to me.  I love reading - sci fi / fantasy mainly, but I have to admit my secret - I am also a romance fan - they are very formulaic but I am a sucker for a happy ending and they are such light reading and I don't really have to concentrate too hard on them so I find they are a great escape at the end of a busy day but have made a list of books recommended on this thread so am looking forward to checking them out.  I spend so many hours going to a fro between home and the library and often find it very difficult to get back by return dates (even when I renew) that I was becoming very annoyed with myself and was looking for a solution.

I'll be doing a lot of travelling this year and that was the clincher to make the decision to get the kindle - I am assuming that they are OK to read on planes - I hope so otherwise I am going to be so lost - travelling from Australia to Scotland to Czech Republic to Romania and back to Australia - the thought of so many hours on a plane without a book is overwhelming - I am sure the kindle will keep me occupied during all my flights.

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Chit Chat / Re: Cyndi's 21 day weight loss diet
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:12:00 am »
From what everyone has been saying, this sounds like a pretty sensible diet - can anyone tell me if it is suitable for a vegetarian?  I have found so many diets include meat and that's always discouraged me from trying any of them.  I do eat eggs and cheese though - I'm what is referred to as an ovo-lacto vegetarian!  Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Chit Chat / Re: How are the flooded Aussies?
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:39:53 pm »
I've just been hearing on the news that the flood levels in Brisbane (Queensland) have not peaked at the higher level they had anticipated - I guess that's the only good news to come out of the north so far.

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Chit Chat / Re: OMG my Thermomix will be here in an hour
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:37:36 pm »
My first attempt was lemon custard (under the close supervision of my consultant) - and that was purely because it was the only thing I had all the ingredients for at the time of delivery (I hadn't found this forum at that stage so I was totally unprepared to make anything).  The custard was gorgeous.

Have fun and just go with the flow - with luck, your consultant should help you with your first attempt at the time of delivery so no need to panic - just ENJOY!

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Chit Chat / Re: How are the flooded Aussies?
« on: January 12, 2011, 08:10:32 pm »
Frozzie, I am of much the same opinion as you are. 

Many years ago we were on a truck safari through Mozambique and went in to one of the village markets only to see sacks and sacks of maize on sale - all clearly printed "DONATED FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE USA" (or words similar to that, but you get the gist).  Ever since then I have been very wary of making any donations because this is obviously wide open for scams of this sort and it makes you so angry to see it when the people are so poor and in desperate need of help.

I had a friend in Chad who did volunteer work in the schools and had arranged for free school books to be sent from overseas for the kids - but she was not allowed access to them until she "acknowledged" the help of an official by dipping into her own purse. 

This is all so disappointing and I am not saying that it is always the case other than in those two situations mentioned .... but it does make you think and hesitate!

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Chit Chat / Re: Butter
« on: January 12, 2011, 07:58:26 pm »
Thanks, for those measurements and the tip on when to add the oil (knowing me, I would have added it during the initial mixing time!).  I'll give it a try with my next batch of butter.

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Chit Chat / Re: Butter
« on: January 12, 2011, 05:18:06 am »
I am sure I have seen the answer to this query somewhere recently, but cannot find it now.  If you want to add some oil to the butter, what quantity  or ratio of oil to cream do you use?  If it makes any difference to the answer, I would be using grapeseed oil.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: thermomix wannabe newbie
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:04:23 am »
Great decision, Sharon, and welcome to the forum.  Now that you have decided to buy a TMX you have taken a good first step in keeping in touch with this forum, it will give you so many ideas you will become very impatient whilst you wait until you can get your own machine and start cooking and experimenting.

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Another newbie who's seen the light!
« on: January 11, 2011, 01:27:05 am »
Hi Linney - I know exactly how you feel - you are going to have a fantastic time with your TMX.  Welcome to the forum and enjoy your cooking and eating.

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Soups / Re: Thai Sweet Potato and Lentil Suop
« on: January 10, 2011, 10:17:35 pm »
Hi Sue - red lentils don't need to be pre-soaked before use (which is why they are so useful to have around), but it's a good idea to give them a good rinse under running water first to get rid of accumulated dust and grime, etc.

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Chit Chat / Re: Help I need a new Oven
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:47:42 am »
I have a Smeg, which is quite good, but I feel that I have never quite conquered the "bells and whistles" - probably my fault more than the oven's.  I also use an older Chef which is terrible - it has a huge variation in temperature on each shelf, even though it is fan assisted; I have to drop the cooking temperature by about 20 degrees and I also have to turn things around about every 5 - 10 minutes and even then I usually end up with burnt edges on my baking!

From the sounds of it, Mielle seems to be a pretty good option. If you can, pop down to your local library and read up on the Choice magazine articles - there is bound to be something fairly recent that you can refer to.

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Chit Chat / Re: Fresh Herbs for the Thermomix??
« on: January 09, 2011, 03:56:24 am »
I've put Dill in for the first time this year - I've never really used it much before but it has such a lovely fragrance and I've started experimenting a bit with it - so far I've put (small amounts) of it on just about everything!  I've got oregano growing all over the place as well; once again, it's one I love crushing and smelling and use heaps in cooking.  My bay tree is about 3 metres tall and I think I have driven everyone I know mad - literally giving away branches at a time!!  All the usual suspects are there as well - thyme, rosemary, chives, garlic ... the earwigs have done serious damage to my parsley but I think it will win the battle as there a few plants that look as though they are fighting off the earwig invasion.  I lost my mint in the winter, but one of my neighbours keeps me supplied and I'll plant up more next spring.

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